Review: With a strange but catchy label name, Good 4 Nothing are dropping this weighty single from 2N, completing the theme of letter/number combinations. The A-side starts off in softer territory with some chill out sample work, but the tune is only ever going in one direction and that's toward the heavy: raucous drum hits, gravelly backing basses and a siren-like top synth line. 'Have A Good 1' is more spacious but equally as tough, with an element of the old school introduced into the feverish jump-up influence that is most certainly a new school trend, combining the two in wicked fashion. Yes boys.
Review: Longstanding jump-up merchant and Good 4 Nothing bossman Complex comes barging into your summer with another sledgehammer selection. "Anubis" hits with a bassline that's impossible not to compare to early Clipz. All whistling and fierce but funky, you'll be kicking yourself in the anu(bi)s if you don't pick up on this quickly. Highlights punch and bump every twist thereafter... The plucked note riff on "Real", the melting bass textures on "Ask Frank", the show-stopping wobbles of "Legohead" and the iron skank damager "Sneak Attack" all hit serious spots.
Review: More future-talent fire from the label that gave us early releases from the likes of DJ Guv and Prestige, Good 4 Nothing aren't messing around. We kick off the four-track power pack with label bossman Complex who runs with a crucial cinematic backdrop that's all spine-tingles and drama. Criticalblow follows with a real rumbler that's reminiscent of early 2000s Full Cycle era output where bass accounted for a good 80 percent of the tune. Minzo is all waspy and wild with a bass textures that morphs, mutates and melts in different directions amid some rushy rave pads while Heskk closes the deal on a gritty Belgian flex. Staccato one-note riffs don't come any sharper.
Review: Good 4 Nothing bossman undergoes the knife of his own label mates as Premium and Certified both put their own stamp on two of his big dancefloor 2016 slapdowns. The former maintains the same up-and-down riff dynamic but with much more distorted atonality in the riff while the latter adds a whole new engine of bass texture on "Bad Bitches". Both paying total respect to the originals while taking them to brave new places, this is a perfect snapshot of where Good 4 Nothing is at right now.
Review: From Belgium to Canada via UK, G4N welcome two new names to the fold: Fanatics takes the lead with the particularly dramatic "Oblivion". Flexing around a cinematic string sample, Fanatics suddenly switches us down infamous rusty laser lane where the bass tasers you with a subverted low, twisted drone. Toronto's Handcutz joins the ruckus on "Auto Dialer" that spikes and slashes with a bassline so Belgian it hurts. Opening your jacksies round the clock, these are the type of fresh, aggressive bangers Good 4 Nothing was invented for.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are. 'Powers That Be' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. All the other tunes on this release are in the same vein, and 'Next Lesson' smacks of the recent Bou and Simula stuff with its feathered approach to crafting basses. This is a solid release from a man who's been on the up recently.
Review: Good4Nothing Records are clearly good for something: putting out dirty jump-up beats that aim to destroy dancefloors. Maze has clearly come into this release with that objective in mind and 'Fireworks' pretty much does what it says on the tin, blowing up on the drop into an array of brightly colour, forceful low frequency notes which stab and stutter around the rest of the track. It's a powerful piece of music and one that's deffo a worth a look.
Review: Good 4 Nothing are back and you can tell why they've decided to put this tune at the forefront of their release schedule. Those stereotypical jump-up drums remind you what territory you're in before the tune even gets going but jump-up's tendency to sometimes err on the unappealing isn't present here at all. The drop propels you into a spacious arrangement characterised by a funky, uplifting and yet gnarly array of bass synths which are dying to be mixed out on a system.
Review: Having hurled the inaugural part of his "Bouhda Finga" series upside our playlists late last year, and taking a cheeky shroom trip in between, Spaow returns with another digit chucking doublet. Both perhaps a little funkier than you'd expect from the man with the usually angular and very brittle sonic signature, "Romandino" flips between shades like an early Clipz joint while "Brain Glitch" is a kitchen sink affair where you can tangibly feel Spaow throwing everything into the mix. The riotous results speak for themselves. Gun fingers are so 2018...
Review: Spaow has channelled the mental focus of the Buddha for this EP, a musical dexterity which has permitted him to create this absolute fire of a single. 'Boudha Finga' rolls out above a set of heavyweight drums and crashing hi-hats, which underpin a complex, chaotic yet precise mash of intertwined bass synths and old-school sampling. 'Chilli Sosa' opens with a funky piano arrangement that's matched in its upbeat drum lines, a serene pool of calm in what quickly turns into a very rough sea full of choppy basses and dirty sonics. Part two coming soon, we hear...
Review: Spaow has channelled the chaotic energy of the monkey for this EP, a musical dexterity which has permitted him to create this absolute fire of a single. 'Monky Style' rolls out above a set of heavyweight drums and crashing hi-hats, which underpin a complex, chaotic yet precise mash of intertwined bass synths and old-school sampling. 'Avast' opens with a heavy arrangement that's matched in its upbeat drum lines, a serene moment of construction in what quickly turns into a very rough sea full of choppy basses and dirty sonics. Banging.
Review: Tear out season has arrived and it's Spaow on the front line, a producer garnering a name for his devastating basslines. Turning Japan's capital on its head with "Tokyo Lofo", a wildly loose mash up of warped industrial basslines and jungle extractions make it through interludes of traditional asian instrumentation held together by an snippets of a liquid rhythm. "Geko" of the digi-flip rains down some neon spook in its melody before falling prey to huge halftime beats, stutter effects and tripped-out percussion. Parents be advised Adult Themes.
Review: Complex's G4N stable kick 2016 like murky mules with a brand new eight-tracker loaded with gully shredders from friends old and new. Jack The Ripper and Two Twisted are two names to make their G4N debut: the former laying down squelchy, planet squashing terror with "Dust" and "Death Of A Zombie" while the latter gets busy with sketchy, clipped-tone trippiness with "The Experiment" and "The Deal". Elsewhere label bossman Complex teams up with Dub Berzerka for the T-1000 killing metallic smasher "Cyborg" and looks to the dojo for inspiration on "Kombat". Finally Macky Gee delivers two of the darkest cuts of the collection with the harrowing ripples of "The Clown" and the straight-up nasty that is "Buss A Skank" where tidal waves of bass knock you clean off your feet. Not a dull moment, get collecting.
Review: Good4Nothing are turning 10 years old and are celebrating that fact in the only real way you should celebrate a label anniversary: with a big old compilation album. They've gone all-in for this one and raked up 15 tunes artists like Dutta, Ironlung, Slipz and Complex. Dutta' contribution is typically naughty, with a pulsating back end that sits just beneath a snappy drum line that includes a lovely, wooden snare that has just the right amount of bite. Part 1 of this series is a truly hedonistic banger of a compilation which is well worth checking out, we cannot wait to hear what the label has in store for us in Part 2.
Review: Good4Nothing Records always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. Twisted, gnarled jump up is the main focus here in the second part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations and Complex is a good example of how it goes down, his track 'Night Time' blowing and flowing through with all the power of the winter winds. Danger's 'Falling' is yet more filth, with a powerful drum line and punchy sub-bass that bangs in and out of the range. Excellent compilation.